Academic Alliance Announces Awards for Teaching, Research and Writing

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The New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance (NJSAA) presented three of its 2018 awards at the New Jersey Forum on November 2 at Monmouth University in West Long Branch.

Robert Schulte of Hamilton (Mercer County) received the award for teaching New Jersey studies.  Caleb Dagnall of Piscataway and E. Rosie Driscoll of Jackson received awards for their research and writing about New Jersey history while they were undergraduates (the Paul A. Stellhorn Award). 

Teaching Award

ROBERT SCHULTE, the recipient of the 2018 NJSAA Teaching Award, teaches American History to high school students in Neptune, New Jersey.  His classes focus on real life applications, civic involvement, primary sources, and incorporating technology such as virtual reality and 1:1 computing.  Mr. Schulte graduated from Rider University with a double major in history and secondary education and has earned many honors and awards for his teaching.  He has attended a number of selective summer institutes including the George Washington Teacher Institute, and he was certified a master teacher of the American Revolution by the American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati this past summer.  He volunteers on the teacher advisory board of Harvard University’s Declaration Resources Project. He also works summers and weekends as a National Park Ranger at Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, providing formal and informal historical interpretation at sites such as Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and Franklin Court. 

Mr. Schulte’s award recognizes the innovative nature of his teaching unit about federalism and the government response to the disaster of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.  In his own words: “As a shore town in New Jersey, Neptune was an area that was severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Students here on the Jersey Shore see the personal connection and many have seen firsthand the impact of Federalism on the recovery of the shore, as some are just now moving back into homes rebuilt with the support of FEMA. [This unit] use[s] the natural disaster of Hurricane Sandy to teach students about Federalism and how the different levels of government respond during a natural disaster. Students . . . apply what they have learned by attempting to solve (or at least survive) a scenario where a zombie apocalypse has come to New Jersey!  The lesson is intended for students at the high school level, but can easily be modified for the middle school as well.  Also, teachers can substitute any natural disaster that might face New Jersey to replace the zombie scenario if they are so inclined.”

Paul A. Stellhorn Award

CALEB DAGNALL of Piscataway received the 2018 Stellhorn Award for his paper titled, “Statehood and Sovereignty: A Case Study of William Livingston from Philosophe to Federalist.”

Mr. Dagnall received a B.A. in history honors from Kean University in May of this year and he is employed as a social studies teacher at the Plainfield High School, Plainfield, New Jersey.  He teaches grades 9 to 12 World History, and US History I and II.  He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society, as well as being a William Livingston Scholarship recipient.  His other activities include extensive experience in theater as a technical director (primarily in lighting design and sound design), service as a National History Day judge at the regional, state, and national levels, and a variety of technical and educational responsibilities for Calvary Community Church of East Millstone, New Jersey.


E. ROSIE DRISCOLL of Jackson, New Jersey, received the 2018 Stellhorn Award for her College of New Jersey senior thesis titled “‘Without the Least Provision’: Black and Desegregationist Resistance to Systemic Racial Discrimination in Private and Public Housing in Trenton, New Jersey, 1938-1965.”  

 Ms. Driscoll received a BA, magna cum laude, in history and women’s gender and sexuality studies in May 2018, and received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in History in 2017.  She is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society, and Iota Iota Iota, the women’s and gender studies honor society.  While a student, she gained professional experience as a district office intern in Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Colemen’s office, as a legislative and constituent services intern in the 11th legislative district assemblymembers’ office, and as a public affairs intern for the Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey.  She is employed as a public affairs manager of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey.

The Stellhorn Award is cosponsored by the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance; the New Jersey Historical Commission, New Jersey Department of State; Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries; and the New Jersey Caucus of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference. 

For information about the NJSAA Teaching Award contact Professor Raymond Frey, Centenary University,; for the Stellhorn Award, contact Richard Waldron,; or visit